Cyberstalker Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on March 23, 2023, Anthony Elonis, age 39, formerly of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 151 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Edward G. Smith, in Easton, Pennsylvania, for cyberstalking.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Elonis was found guilty after a five-day jury trial in Easton in August 2022, of three counts of cyberstalking involving three separate victims, including a government employee in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Elonis’ former girlfriend, and Elonis’ ex-wife.  Between 2018 and 2021, Elonis sent numerous threatening, harassing and intimidating emails directly to the governmental employee, and sent or posted numerous threatening, harassing and intimidating communications via Twitter, text message, voice mail or other form of electronic communication regarding the governmental employee, his former girlfriend, and his ex-wife.

The matter was specially assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania for prosecution.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Allentown Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. O’Hara and Geoffrey MacArthur prosecuted the case.

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